Guangdong Province has launched investigations on a controversial policy in Shenzhen to restrict new car purchase, according to CCTV News.
The move is in response to a citizen’s submission, questioning the legitimacy of the policy.
The Shenzhen municipal government abruptly announced on December 29 that it would restrict car purchases and prospective car buyers are required to acquire license plates through either a lottery or auction system.
The policy went into effect less than 20 minutes after it was introduced to the public, which obviously ignited disputes among many local residents.
The sudden announcement resulted in frenzy in the city. Many buyers rushed to car dealers in order to get a new license plate before the new rule came into force.
Gu Dasong, an associate professor on traffic law at Southeast China University, submitted a statement to the Shenzhen municipal government on January 6, pointing out that the authority had violated administrative regulations and requested the legal office to review the legitimacy of the Shenzhen municipal government’s announcement.
“Half of the plates will be distributed by auction. But according to the road traffic safety management regulations of Shenzhen, the decision should be approved in public hearings before any final action is taken,” said Gu.
There are more than 3.1 million vehicles in Shenzhen, with 4 million expected in 2016, according to a municipal government statement.
Shenzhen became the 7th city adopting car purchase restrictions in China after Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Tianjin and Hangzhou.